In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa conceded that load shedding will remain a possibility in the immediate future.
Earlier this month, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter warned South Africans to expect increased load shedding for the foreseeable future.
He set the power utility a target of 18 months to end load shedding and address Eskom's maintenance problems.
Bongani Bingwa chats to Primaresearch director Shamil Ismail to discuss the problems at the power utility.
He says the problems at Eskom boils down to the loss of technical and engineering skills.
We look at Eskom's own data and the long-term target for management was always to have 10% planned maintenance per year. Over the past six years, they have been maintaining levels over that.— Shamil Ismail, Director - Primaresearch
He says the average life span of a coal plant is 54 years and the average age of Eskom power plants is only 29 years and it only has three plants that are older than 45 years.
Listen below to the full conversation: